Consider the following:
Responding to criticism of migrant family separations at the southern border, Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan recently defended his agency, saying, “We’ve got to have the rule of law in this country.”
But in our experience, ICE has stood for the opposite. In Brooklyn, it brazenly disrupts law enforcement and undermines the rule of law, all for the sake of prioritizing the President’s interest in civil immigration law above all else…At the District Attorney’s Office, we have had to reduce charges significantly against violent defendants because victims have expressed fear of participating in the justice system.
In one case, a man who was robbed at gunpoint was unwilling to testify against his assailant because he fears ICE will come seize him in court.
–From the Brooklyn District Attorney, Eric Gonzalez, in the NY Daily News. I recommend you read the whole article, to see the many examples from NYC prosecutor telling us that ICE’s behavior is undermining justice.
Then read this thread from Matt Cameron, a Boston immigration attorney, from late June. His client was wrongly accused of a crime by a known gang member. This attorney had solid evidence that his client was in a different ZIP code at the time of the crime.
— Matt Cameron 🗽 (@matt_cam) June 27, 2018
What ICE is doing goes against the principles of progressives and Democrats. There are many, many progressives in the Massachusetts House, who supported the Safe Communities ACT, but the Safe Communities Act was stopped by Speaker DeLeo.
It is deeply disappointing to see this happen.
Voters can not allow this sort of inaction to continue when ICE is weaponizing the courts to do ethnic cleansing.